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http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/s...medium=twitterThis is an Amber Alert, the Springfield Missouri Police Department has issued an Amber Alert that occured at 3247 west Lombard at 4:48 pm on 02/18/14. Abducted was Hailey Owens a white female 10 years old. The suspect vehicle is a gold 2008 Ford Ranger Missouri registration 1YF454. The vehicle was last seen southbound on Scenic from Grand in Springfield, Missouri. The suspect is a white male, no further description is available. The victim, Hailey M. Owens is a white female 10 years old, 5 foot 2 inches tall, weighing 90 pounds with long brown hair, brown eyes and pierced ears. Owens was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and purple sandals.. . Please Contact Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810
Hailey Owens Case Map by Hollye
18 February, 2014
http://fox2now.com/2014/02/18/amber-...pringfield-mo/"The suspect is a white male, and may be driving in a gold 2008 Ford Ranger. The Missouri license plate number may be one of two possibilities: 1YF454 or 1YS454."http://m.kmbc.com/news/amber-alert-i...st-mo/24549338Police said they're looking for a gold 2008 Ford Ranger with Missouri tag 1YF454 that was last seen heading south from the scene. Police have not yet released a description of the abductor.
More information has been released about the suspect wanted in connection to the abduction of Hailey Owens.
The suspect is described as a 45-year-old male, with gray hair and an unshaven face.
The suspect vehicle may have a second Missouri registration of 1YS454, along with 1YF454.
Springfield Amber Alert Press Conference - Video
http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/s...q0C-6Of5dSez9gUPDATE: SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Police Department has located the suspect vehicle and suspect wanted in connection with the abduction of 10-year-old Hailey Owens.
According to a post on the Springfield Police Facebook page, the vehicle and suspect were located at a residence in south Springfield, however Hailey Owens remains missing. The suspect has been booked on kidnapping charges.
A command post has been set up at National and Bennett in Springfield with 30-40 officers searching for the girl. According to the post, police will continue to search throughout the night, or until Hailey is found.
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EARLIER STORY: Suspect in custody, but search continues for 10-year-old girl
Coach Charged With First Degree Murder For Hailey Owens DeathNews-Leader
Feb. 19, 2014
Springfield police said at midnight Tuesday that they have a suspect in custody in the abduction of 10-year-old Hailey Owens, but the girl remains missing. The suspect’s vehicle was found with the man inside at a residence in south Springfield, according to a police news release.
A command post has been set up at National Avenue and Bennett Street and around 30 to 40 officers have “begun an extensive search that will continue throughout the night, or until she is found,” the news release said.
Police arrest man on suspicion of murder; body found likely is missing girlUpdated: Wed 10:39 PM, Feb 19, 2014
By: CNN, Nick Viviani
Since 1998, Wood has been employed by Springfield Public Schools, working as a paraprofessional and athletic coach at Pleasant View K-8 School, according to a statement from the schools. He has since been suspended.
Hailey was a student at Westport Elementary School. She attended Bowerman Elementary School last year.
Google Map - West Lombard St to 1538 East Stanford St, Springfield, MOPOSTED: 06:51 AM CST Feb 19, 2014 UPDATED: 02:27 PM CST Feb 19, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -Springfield police say they found a body during the night that likely belonged to abducted girl Hailey Owens. They also have a suspect in custody...
Police worked "multiple" crime scenes all night at 1538 E. Stanford St. and other places as they investigated the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Hailey. She was taken from the 3200 block of West Lombard Street as she walked from a friend's home to her home two blocks away late Tuesday afternoon. The family lives in the 3300 block of West Page Street.
At mid-morning Wednesday, police confirmed another crime scene related to this case is at Dutch Maid Laundry, 526 S. National Ave., near Elm Street. That's a laundromat. FBI agents were looking through the washers and dryers there. They were there from about 3 a.m. until about 10:30 a.m., when the business reopened...
"All I can say right now is I miss her and I love her," said her father, Marcus Owens, in a telephone interview late Wednesday morning.
Hailey's father and mother, Stacey Owens, are divorced.
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GREENE COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
FEBRUARY 19, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HAILEY OWENS' MURDERER CHARGED
Probable Cause Statement and Felony Complaint at the link
Charges in girl's death could bring death penalty; witnesses tried to keep her from being abductedProsecutor thanks people of Springfield for spreading the word, trying to save Hailey
Feb. 19, 2014 7:22 PM
Hailey Owens tried to get away. But witnesses saw a man now identified as Craig Michael Wood grab her and toss her into his vehicle, authorities say, “like a rag doll.”
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Police find dead body thought to be missing Mo. girl, 10
Timeline of events in Hailey Owens caseBy Crimesider Staff CBS News
February 19, 2014, 1:43 PM - UPDATED Feb. 19, 2014 1:43 p.m. EST
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield police say a body thought to be that of a missing 10-year-old girl has been found in southwest Missouri. Police Chief Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says search crews found a body they believe is Hailey Owens inside a suspect's Springfield home on Wednesday.
Authorities arrested 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood in connection with the abduction and death of the girl on Tuesday, CBS affiliate KOLR reports. Wood, a coach and teacher's aide at a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder. (continued at the link)
Posted: Feb 19, 2014 12:09 PM CST Updated: Feb 19, 2014 12:14 PM CST
By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Produce
SPRINGFIELD, MO (KCTV/AP) - A grade school coach has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the abduction and death of a 10-year-old Springfield girl...
Here is a timeline of events in the case.
4:48 p.m. Tuesday - Springfield police responded to the 3200 block of West Lombard Street in reference to a reported child abduction.
Hailey was walking to a friend's home in Springfield. Witnesses told investigators that a man in a gold, 2008 Ford Ranger drove down the street several times before abducting the child. (continued at the link)
Witness to girl's kidnapping chased pickup but lost it in traffic
Ricky Riggins tried to prevent a tragedy
Suspect held in Hailey Owens’ death as Springfield, Mo., mourns a tragedy close to homeAshley Reynolds
POSTED: 06:29 PM CST Feb 19, 2014 UPDATED: 06:29 PM CST Feb 19, 2014
Riggins says he feels guilty, and believes he was so close to saving this little girl's life.
“I was just trying to do what I thought was right. I have a niece and nephew. If anything were to happen like that, I'd hope someone could do the same thing,” said Riggins. “I was so upset I wasn't able to keep up with him. If I was just a few seconds ahead, I could have been able to get behind him and see where he was going. But I wasn't able to.”
By LAURA BAUER and MATT CAMPBELL
The Kansas City Star
The last image most of Hailey Owens’ classmates will have of her is of a smiling, laughing girl dancing at Friday’s Valentine party. After the treats and the passing out of holiday cards, Hailey’s fourth-grade teacher put on some music. And the parent helpers — including Hailey’s mother — got to see the kids go at it.
“They got to shake their groove thing, and Hailey was in the midst of it all,” said Gary Tew, principal of Westport Elementary School in Springfield. “That’s what the kids are going to remember about her. And her mom got to see her in that light, too.”
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/19...#storylink=cpy
Accused killer of Hailey Owens makes first court appearance; police release search warrant documents
Who is Craig Michael Wood?Police found several guns and pornographic images of young children.
POSTED: 09:29 AM CST Feb 21, 2014 UPDATED: 06:44 PM CST Feb 21, 2014
Wood is charged with first-degree murder, child kidnapping and armed criminal action for the abduction and killing of Hailey Owens on Tuesday afternoon.
Imhoff ordered him held without bond, and set a preliminary hearing for April 7.
In his arraignment, Wood spoke only briefly to answer several questions from the judge. Hailey's parents, older brother and five other family members also attended.
Assistant prosecutor Todd Myers challenged Wood's use of a public defender after he said police found evidence of a $1 million trust in Wood's name.
Search Warrant, pt 1Lauren Pozen Ben Knaup
POSTED: 06:35 PM CST Feb 19, 2014 UPDATED: 06:23 PM CST Feb 20, 2014
"He was really a great coach. He was always loving to us, really his patience was incredible and he taught me everything I knew about it. He was probably the best coach that I've had," says Wassam.
"My son had minimal contact with him. He said he just would not get a good vibe off of him. Creeped him out," says Marretta Gunder.
Search Warrant, pt 2
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Child porn found at home of Hailey Owens' accused killer
Three-ring binder containing pornographic photos of kids found
Candlelight vigil remembers slain Hailey Owens; other fundraisers, t-shirt sales are setUPDATED 6:11 PM CST Feb 21, 2014
Officers retrieved a three-ring binder containing pornographic photos of young children at the home of Craig Michael Wood, the documents released by Springfield police say. Investigators also seized computers, cameras, 30 video recordings, handwritten journals, a spent .22 caliber shell casing and a hat believed to have been worn by fourth-grader Hailey Owens.
Read more: http://www.kmbc.com/news/child-porn-...#ixzz2u1BYeEOT
Evidence in Hailey Owens Murder Outlined in Search WarrantOther groups and businesses plan events to raise money for girl's family.
POSTED: 10:21 AM CST Feb 20, 2014 UPDATED: 05:13 PM CST Feb 21, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A candlelight march and vigil in memory of Hailey Owens will take place 8-9 p.m., Saturday on Commercial Street. People can gather at the intersection of Campbell Avenue at Commercial on the west side of Commercial. The march will begin at 8:15.
A Facebook Event has been set up: Candle March on C Street for the Memory of Miss Hailey Owens.
02/21/2014 12:14 PM - 02/21/2014 06:21 PM
Search Warrant - additional link
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Throng turns out to remember slain Springfield girl Hailey Owens
Springfield, Mo., residents honor the memory of Hailey OwensOwens abduction, killing strikes chord with people across U.S.
UPDATED 5:39 PM CST Feb 23, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —A southwest Missouri community turned out by the thousands Saturday night to pay homage to a 10-year-old girl whose life abruptly ended last week at the hands of a man who police say abducted her from her quiet Springfield neighborhood in broad daylight.
Thousands attend candlelight vigil in memory of Hailey OwensBy Associated Press
Published Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 9:54 p.m.Updated Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
"Tonight is about Hailey, not the crime," said Angel Boeddeker, a Springfield resident who came to the event with yellow ribbons for participants to wear.
Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/02/22/330...#storylink=cpy
More than 10,000 march to remember Hailey Owens, 10, who was abducted, killedPosted: Feb 23, 2014 8:27 AM CST Updated: Feb 23, 2014 10:40 AM CST
By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer
SPRINGFIELD, MO (KCTV/AP/CNN) -Thousands attended a candlelight vigil to remember a 10-year-old girl after police say she was snatched off a neighborhood street less than two blocks from her home and killed by an abductor.
The candlelight march and vigil was held in memory of Hailey Owens, who went missing Tuesday, taken in daylight as she walked back from her best friend's house. The event began as a private effort but gained city support to temporarily close several main streets.
By Joel Landau / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 9:53 AM
The community of Springfield, Mo., holds an emotional ceremony in honor of the girl who went missing Tuesday just blocks from her home - and was found the next day shot in the back of the head and stuffed in trash bags doused in bleach. Police have arrested Craig Michael Wood, 45, a school football coach, who could face the death penalty in the crime.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...#ixzz2uEqQISA2
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Timeline of Hailey Owens tragedy: Documents, police statements tell the story
By Kathryn Wall
1:55 AM, Feb. 23, 2014
After Hailey Owens was stolen from her neighborhood ... after the Amber alert ... after the 11 p.m. newscasts ...
... Springfield held its breath.
On social media, we shared news stories, photos of Hailey, pictures of what police called the abductor’s vehicle — our concern for the missing child. Together, we hoped for the best. But within a few hours of trying to escape her captor, Hailey — the little fourth grader with the giant smile — was dead.
The following is a dedicated page re Hailey Owens case. Currently, there are 2 pages of articles, videos, etc.
KOLR10/ KOZL - Springfield, MO
Coverage of Hailey Owens Case
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Read more: http://www.kmbc.com/news/memorial-se...#ixzz2uOfvm2Ul[/quote]Funeral service for Hailey Owens will be 'celebration of life'
Support pours in for Hailey Owens' familyThe visitation will be on Tuesday with the funeral the following day.
Emily Wood - KY3
POSTED: 02:41 PM CST Feb 24, 2014 UPDATED: 05:55 PM CST Feb 24, 2014
"She's Springfield's child. Parents in this community realize this could be their child, and I think that's what makes it hit a little bit closer to home," said Clay Adams of Greenlawn Funeral Home.
Adams is planning the remembrance services for the 10-year-old girl who was abducted near her home and killed within four hours in Springfield last week. Adams said the child's family feels the overwhelming support pouring in from around the nation.
Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 2210 W. Republic Road, is opening its doors for the crowds expected at the visitation on Tuesday. The goal of the service is to give every person affected by the tragedy a chance to mourn and to celebrate Hailey's life.
The Missouri Victims Compensation Fund is covering for most of the service costs, according to Adams, with Greenlawn Funeral Home paying for all other expenses.
Visitation is at Ridgecrest Baptist Church from 4 until 8. The funeral service will be at 2 on Wednesday, also at Ridgecrest.
Memorial services set for Hailey Owens, funeral on Wed.Feb. 25, 2014 7:11 PM
Less than a day after Hailey’s abduction, the community began to rally to support one of its own. A fund was created to alleviate the family’s expenses, a candlelight vigil drew an estimated crowd of 10,000, and chili supper organizers auctioned more than 100 donated items.
Stephens said the support of Hailey’s family “speaks volumes about the kind of city we are.”
Funeral to be held at Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Published 10:38 AM CST Feb 24, 2014
The Springfield News-Leader reports visitation for Hailey Owens will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m., also at the church.
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Spiritual leaders address anger, grieving, forgiveness following death of Hailey Owens
The visitation for Hailey was Tuesday evening with the funeral service scheduled for Wednesday.
Emily Wood Emily Wood, KY3
POSTED: 06:12 PM CST Feb 25, 2014 UPDATED: 07:19 PM CST Feb 25, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - In times of tragedy many people rely on their faith. Spiritual leaders in Springfield are going straight to scripture to try to help people through the grieving process following the abduction and murder of Hailey Owens, 10.
"Poor Hailey went to sleep in a nightmare and woke up in the arms of Jesus," said Gary Hay, pastor of Hope Church.
Shock, horror, and anger are just some of the emotions rippling through the Springfield community and beyond. People paid their respects to Hailey's family during a visitation period at Ridgecrest Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon.
"We who are left behind suffer from the grief and knowledge of what transpired the horror of all of that," Hay said.
Prosecutor: Hailey Owens also suffered sexual attacks
Defense fights for more information in Craig Wood caseStephen Herzog, News-Leader 8:50 a.m. CDT April 23, 2014
According to a supplemental probable cause statement in Wood's case, the Greene County Medical Examiner determined through an autopsy that Hailey had injuries consistent with rape and sodomy.
The statement says that autopsy was conducted on Feb. 20 but the updated probable cause statement was filed Monday.Autopsy shows Hailey Owens was sexually assaulted after kidnappingStephen Herzog, News-Leader 1:02 p.m. CDT April 22, 2014
The defense also has asked that more evidence about the case be provided to the defense.
Wood's attorney wrote in the defense motion about the statements that Wood was suffering from "intoxication, emotional turmoil and psychological instability" when arrested.Records: After abduction, Hailey Owens was abused sexuallyGene Hartley
POSTED: 11:36 AM CDT Apr 22, 2014 UPDATED: 03:58 PM CDT Apr 22, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -The Greene County prosecuting attorney filed a motion on Monday to amend the charges against Craig Wood, 46, of Springfield, to add charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy for the kidnapping and murder of Hailey Owens on Feb. 18. Wood has been in jail since that day for the murder of the 10-year-old girl.
The documents filed in court with the amended charges say they're based on autopsy results received on Monday from the Greene County Medical Examiner's Office. This is the first time that investigators have officially said Hailey might have been sexually assaulted before her death, after she was kidnapped off a street near her home in western Springfield. A state Children's Division document made public had revealed that investigators suspected that, however.
Parents of Hailey Owens, murdered in Springfield, sue her accused killerStephen Herzog, Springfield News-Leader 2:58 p.m. CDT March 25, 2014
Records from the state's Children's Division, released at the News-Leader's request, do not go into detail about the allegations, and some sections are redacted, such as a part that explains how officials know about abuse. The report notes two "maltreatments" reported. One is her death and the other is "sexual acts/exploitation," in relation to her abduction on Feb. 18.
A list of questions listed under the sexual acts/exploitation section includes one that says: "Do you suspect child has been sexually abused?" to which the reporter answers, "Yes." The report was completed on Feb. 21. The section that explains who reported the information is redacted.March 18
The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The parents of a 10-year-old southwest Missouri girl who was kidnapped and killed last month have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the man accused of killing her.
Hailey’s parents, Stacey Barfield and Markus Owens, are seeking money to cover ongoing costs incurred by her death, according to the lawsuit filed last week. They say they are also suing to punish Wood and deter him or anyone else from engaging in similar conduct.
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Judge says there's enough evidence for Craig Wood to stand trial'Pornographic' stories admitted into evidencePosted: Friday, 23 May 2014 5:54AM
During the four hour hearing, a 911 call was played from a woman who saw the kidnapping of Owens. Prosecutors also say they found several pornographic photos and stories about children, one of them was named Hailey.
Later in the hearing, an FBI agent testified that a folder in Wood’s bedroom had handwritten pornographic stories. Agent Jonathan Tucker said one story was about someone named Hailey. Wood’s attorney objected to the introduction of the stories as evidence because he said there was no proof that Wood wrote them. The judge overruled his objection after hearing arguments from Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson.
Tucker also testified a folder had Pleasant View Middle School class schedules and what looked like pictures of student identification cards. In another binder labeled Hillcrest High School, agents said they found pornographic images.Some of the testimony disturbed Hailey Owens' mother, Stacey BarfieldAmos Bridges and Stephen Herzog, News-Leader 8:42 a.m. CDT May 23, 2014
Neighbor Michelle Edwards testified she saw the girl walking along West Lombard Street when Wood, driving a "tannish-gold Ford Ranger," stopped and grabbed her.
"It sounded like he asked her where Springfield Street was," said Edwards, who was sitting in her open garage when the incident occurred. "He said, 'Hey, come here a minute' ... (then) he lunged out of his truck ... then grabbed her and threw her in the passenger side of his truck and then took off."
Edwards, who sounded distraught on the 911 recording, pleaded with the operator to "please help her (Hailey)."
Hailey Owens' parents push for law to speed up AMBER AlertsPOSTED: 07:00 PM CDT May 21, 2014 UPDATED: 05:33 PM CDT May 22, 2014
Linda Russell, KYTV 11:26 a.m. CDT April 28, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KYTV) - For Hailey's mom, Stacey, every minute felt like an eternity.
"I was getting mad at them because it looked like they weren't going fast enough," Stacey Barfield said.
The minutes ticked by as she waited for someone to find her little girl.
An AMBER Alert sent out the call for help.
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Handwritten 'Stories', One with Girl Named Hailey, Found in Wood's Home
FULL COVERAGE here: http://www.ozarksfirst.com/haileyowensLaurie Patton
05/22/2014 03:53 PM 05/23/2014 01:42 PM
Prosecutors said the "stories" were fantasized depictions of violent sexual acts against young girls and were relevant to the case over defense objections.
At one point, Defense Attorney Patrick Berrigan and Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson argued at the bench over the merit of the writings being introduced into evidence.
Berrigan laughed quietly at one of the cases Patterson cited.
"I don't think this is anything to laugh about," Patterson said.
"Those are child sex cases," replied Berrigan.
"This is a child sex case," Patterson said.
AMENDED FELONY COMPLAINT
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